From 1 November 2015, all Children’s and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) across Southend, Essex and Thurrock became the Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service (EWMHS) for children and young people.
The service has been commissioned jointly by all seven Essex Clinical Commissioning Groups - including Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group – along with Southend, Thurrock and Essex County Council.
The service is provided by North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT).
NELFT is an experienced provider of mental health services for children and young people, already providing these services to children and young people in four London boroughs. It is also one of England’s largest NHS Foundation Trusts, providing community health services for children and young people with physical health needs in south west Essex, and in the four London boroughs of Barking, Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest.
The service is for anybody aged between 0-18 living in the Southend, Essex and Thurrock areas and is free at the point of entry. The service is also for young people with special educational needs (SEN) up to the age of 25.
Any young person experiencing emotional wellbeing or mental health problems, or any parent, guardian or teacher of a child who is experiencing emotional wellbeing and mental health difficulties may access the services.
The types of conditions and issues that should be referred to the Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service (EWMHS) include:
- mood and anxiety disorders
- behavioural and conduct disorders
- emerging personality and attachment disorders
- eating disorders
- psychotic disorders
- deliberate self-harm and suicidal thoughts
- substance misuse
- autistic spectrum disorder (ASD)
- attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- neurodevelopmental disorders
- prolonged bereavement problems
Contacting the Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service (EWMHS) for children and young people is easy via one main number on 0300 3001600 which is available during working hours from 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.
For any further information about the new EWMHS, please visit: www.nelft.nhs.uk/services-ewmhs